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LanguageExpressionLiteral Meaning
GermanAus einer Mücke einen Elefanten machenTo make an elephant out of a mosquito
Englishto make a mountain out of a molehill
Frenchne pas en faire tout un fromageNot to make a cheese out of it
SpanishHacer una montaña de un grano de arenaTo make a mountain out of a grain of sand
GermanDu sollst den Tag nicht vor dem Abend lobenDon'’t praise the day before the evening
EnglishDon'’t count your chickens before they are hatched.
Putting the cart before the horse
FrenchIl ne faut pas chanter victoire avant la batailleDon'’t cheer before the battle
Il ne faut pas crier victoire trop viteDo not crow over a victory too quickly
Il ne faut pas vendre la peau de l'ours avant de l'avoirtué.Don'’t sell the bear-skin before killing the bear.
SpanishVender la piel del oso antes de cazarloSell the bear's skin before the hunt
GermanDer Schein kann trügenEverything is not as it seems
EnglishDon'’t judge a book by its cover
Frenchl'habit ne fait pas le moineClothes don'’t make a monk
SpanishLas apariencias engañanEverything is not as it seems
GermanEulen nach Athen tragenCarry owls to Athens
EnglishCarry coals to Newcastle
Frenchporter de l'eau à la rivièreCarry water to the sea
SpanishLlevar leña al monteCarry wood to the mountain
GermanJemanden einen Bären aufbindenTo tie a bear onto someone
EnglishPull someone’'s leg
FrenchMener quelqu’un en bateauTo take someone on a boat
SpanishTomar el pelo a alguienPull someone'’s hair
GermanAuf dem Holzweg seinTo be on the wooden path
EnglishBarking up the wrong tree
Frenchse mettre le doigt dans l'œilTo put a finger in the eye
SpanishErrar el tiroTo miss the shot
GermanAuf Regen folgt SonnenscheinAfter rain, there will be sunshine
EnglishEvery cloud has a silver lining
FrenchAprès la pluie, le beau tempsAfter the rain, there will be good weather
SpanishNo hay mal que por bien no vengaThere is no evil that blows no good
GermanDer Apfel fällt nicht weit vom StammThe apple does not fall far from the trunk
EnglishHe is a chip off the old block
FrenchLes chiens ne font pas des chatsDogs don'’t breed cats
SpanishDe casta le viene al galgo el ser rabilargoComes in the greyhound breed to have a long tail
GermanNicht mein GeschmackNot my taste
EnglishNot my cup of tea
FrenchCe n’est pas ma tasse de théIt’s not my cup of tea
SpanishNo es plato de mi gustoNot a dish of my taste
GermanEin gebranntes Kind scheut das FeuerA burnt child will dread fire
EnglishOnce bitten twice shy
FrenchChat échaudé craint l'eau froideThe burnt cat eschews cold water
SpanishGato escaldado del agua fría huyeA scolded cat flees from cold water
GermanIch versteh nur BahnhofI only understand train station
EnglishIt'’s all Greek to me
FrenchJ'entrave que dalleI only understand concrete slab.
C’est du chinois pour moiIt is Chinese to me
SpanishEsto me suena a chinoThat sounds Chinese to me
GermanDas kommt mir Spanisch vorThis is Greek to me
EnglishThere is something fishy going on here
FrenchCette affaire ne me paraît pas très catholiqueThis affair does not seem to be very catholic
SpanishAquí hay gato encerradoThere must be a trapped cat in here
GermanAndere Länder, andere SittenOther countries, other conventions
EnglishWhen in Rome, do as the Romans do
FrenchA Rome, fais comme les RomainsIn Rome, do as the Romans do
SpanishA donde fueres, haz lo que vieresWherever you go, do what you see
GermanWohlfühlen, wie die Made im SpeckSnug as a maggot in bacon
EnglishSnug as a bug in a rug
Frenchcomme un coq en pâteSnug, like a cock in pastry
SpanishEstar acurrucadito y calentitoBeing curled up and warm
GermanMorgenstund hat Gold im MundMorning hours has gold in its mouth
EnglishThe early bird catches the worm
FrenchLe monde appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôtThe world belongs to them who get up early Those, who get up early God will help
À qui se lève matin, Dieu aide et prête la main
SpanishA quien madruga, Dios le ayuda.Who gets up early, God will help
GermanAuf frischer Tat ertapptTo catch someone in the act
EnglishCaught red handed
Frenchprendre qn. la main dans le sacTo catch someone with the hand in the bag
SpanishCoger a uno con las manos en la masaTo catch someone with the hands in the dough

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